European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) chooses Orbit’s satellite-tracking ground station system

Orbit Communications Systems Ltd has announced that its Gaia 100 satellite-tracking ground station system, customized with an S/X dual-band 3.7-meter antenna, will be integrated into the ground terminal of ESOC’s Special Mission Infrastructure Lab Environment (SMILE).

ESOC’s SMILE facility, which hosts several projects, missions and systems, is a laboratory for prototype testing and validation of operations concepts and technologies. Orbit’s Gaia 100 will provide the facility’s ground terminal with enhanced satellite-tracking capabilities.

“Orbit’s Gaia 100 was the only antenna capable of meeting our specs and also fitting on our roof,” said Piermario Besso, Head of the Antenna and Infrastructure Section of ESOC’s Ground Systems Engineering Department. “The combination of compact size, light weight and field-proven technology made it the logical choice for us.”

“We are proud to be associated with the European Space Agency,” added Eitan Livneh, CEO of Orbit. “Their studies in the realm of human and robotic space travel bring great value to all of mankind.”


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